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Things get as real as real gets on this podcast, as Dan sits down for a WhistlePig Rye-fueled chat about life, the universe and everything with Bob Menery and Tim Bader. Topics discussed include homelessness, drug addiction, relationship woes and depression dens... oh, and lots of funny, happy, shiny things too. Football anyone? Podcasters Digest d…
 
This jam-packed episode features NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and spirits industry veteran Jay Bradley, founders of a just-launched cognac brand called Le Portier. Also, a special report on a whole bean coffee shortage in America with our newest correspondent, Marc Dent of House Cup Coffee in Philly. Plus, comedian and frequent guest Joe Derosa…
 
With the help of Jon Snow, Rob Schneider and KC & the Sunshine Band, Dan spends 180 seconds or so warming you up to the grandmommy of cold weather cocktails, the Hot Toddy. It's a drink that begs to be experimented with — a blank canvas, inviting its maker to mix and match and mess around. It is, simply, a most pliable potent potable, and one most …
 
For our 150th episode, we return to The Stand Comedy Club in Manhattan for a riotously funny live panel in front of a sold-out crowd featuring Big Jay Oakerson, Nacya Marreiro, Joe DeRosa, Justin Silver and Brad Japhe. What we're drinking throughout is Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky, and what we're doing throughout is having a wild time. Please, come…
 
NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios checks in — "checks"... get it? (cuz, hockey) — along with former Green Bay Packer Jim Bob Morris. They've got their own tequila brand called El Bandido Yankee, and Danny likey! They talk booze, hockey, football and Mexico. A swell time is had by all. Plus, WWD's Official Travel Correspondent Scott Alexander joins us…
 
What we're drinking is Paul John Single Malt from Goa, India; where we're drinking it is the Lost Property Bar in Hollywood, CA; and the folks we're drinking it with are author, TV personality and renowned bon vivant Joel Stein, along with Lost Property's owner (and the pride of Wales) Rhino Williams. Myriad subjects are covered, from sheep shearin…
 
With help from the podcast's roving correspondent Brad Japhe and Natalie Compton of The Washington Post, Dan lays out all you need to know to effectively counteract the unpleasant physiological effects of acetaldehyde, the hangover-inducing substance that alcohol becomes after holding court in your liver for a while. Learn more about your ad choice…
 
When Dan is alone and angry, he sometimes drinks to quell his exquisite inner angst. This episode is one of those times. Among the things driving Dan to drink are CNN, Shatner in space, and shifting gender roles in the cocktail world. Special appearances from the cast of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Motorhead and the late Marlon Brando as T…
 
Actor Willie Garson recently passed, and on this episode we honor his memory by paying tribute to the Cosmopolitan, a drink made famous on the show that made Willie famous too — "Sex and the City." A combination of vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice, the Cosmo was the world's most popular libation in the 90s... and then it wasn't…
 
Friend of the show Joe Beatrice, founder of Barrell Craft Spirits, joins Dan for a lively discussion about the ins and outs of producing award-winning whiskey blends. Also, another installment of our wildly popular new feature, "Outside the Zone," in which our host takes swings at bad PR pitches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm…
 
Dan is joined by "Regarding Cocktails" author and renowned oyster expert Georgette Moger-Petraske for a Talisker Scotch-and-bivalve mollusks pairing. This one's got everything you ever wanted to know about Isle of Skye whisky and oysters... two great tastes that taste great together. Also, the debut of a new segment called "Outside the Zone," in wh…
 
For years they starred as bloodsucking bros on "The Vampire Diaries," and now Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley have taken to a different kind of powerful elixir, Brother's Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Their brand launched earlier this year, and has already become a mega-hit... and with good reason — it's delicious bourbon. The boys tell all about th…
 
Dan chats with Ryan Christiansen, head distiller & President of Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits, famed for crafting Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin and Barr Hill Vodka from raw honey. Ryan talks about Bees Knees Week (Sept. 24th—Oct. 3rd), which spotlights the importance of bees in our food and drink system, and gives bartenders and drinks…
 
Dan is joined in-studio by dear friend of the show Jack Maxwell, former host of the hit Travel Channel series "Booze Traveler." Together they risk getting wicked hangovers in order to sample copious amounts of wine and spirits for the Official "What We're Drinking" Fall Buying Guide, from Champagne to tequila to Scotch. That's right, folks, and the…
 
Dan is joined by David Prior, owner of Bladnoch, the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Lowlands and a leader in environmentally conscious whisky-making. Also, Dan dishes about some of his all-time favorite single malt Scotches, AND unveils a specialty cocktail created specifically for US by Portland, Oregon-based bartending legend Jeffrey M…
 
Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo joins Dan for what turns out to be a first on this program — an interview that got cut off by an overzealous publicist who apparently didn't like the subject matter. Up until that point, though, Dan and Olivia, along with her business partner Ryan Laverty, had a good old time talking about Vide, their tasty ready-t…
 
Dan revisits a PC chat he and pal Emma Patterson had with music superstar G-Eazy at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. And by PC we mean "Pre-Covid," and most definitely NOT "politically correct." Indeed, the conversation gets downright bawdy at times, thanks in no small part to all the Stillhouse Whiskey that was consumed that day... Stillhouse…
 
Dan throws back some Stolichnaya with actor and WWD's Official East Coast Cohost, Colin Donnell. Topics include classic vodka cocktails, mysterious productions in Australia that Colin may or may not be involved with and aggressive hecklers. Also on the program, journalist Brad Japhe joins us for a lively discussion about the pros and cons of profes…
 
Recorded on location at the Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Venice Beach, Dan is joined by actor and fellow Philadelphian Adam Shapiro ("Never Have I Ever," "Steve Jobs") who started making Philly soft pretzels at home to pass the time during the pandemic, and suddenly found himself the proprietor of LA's red-hot Shappy Pretzel Co. The Philly b…
 
In the time it takes dice a pineapple, Dan reveals all about a tiki classic called the Jungle Bird. While not as famous as the Mai Tai or Singapore sling, it's every bit as tasty and — Dan contends — a more authentically "tropical" libation that the aforementioned. It’s made with rum, pineapple and lime, the holy trinity of tropical tiki drinks. Th…
 
Virginia was home to the first commercial winemaking venture in the United States, which started two years before it was even called the United States. The Virginia Winemaking Company was founded by a thirty-one-year-old whippersnap- per you might have heard of, one Thomas Jefferson. Dan explores the rich historic wine heritage of the region and th…
 
Dan accepts a rosé from Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor” who went on to become “The Bachelorette.” Kaitlyn also competed in and won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2020. She currently co-hosts season 17 of “The Bachelorette” alongside fellow former Bachelorette Tayshia Adams, and in May of 2019 she launched a wine brand cal…
 
Oh Bloody Mary, why are you so bedeviling to the brunching masses? What makes you ok to drink before 11 am? Is the Bloody Mary really named after someone named Mary? In the time it takes to make toast (it is brunch, after all), Dan answers these and other questions about fortified tomato juice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a…
 
In celebration of the late great Anthony Bourdain's 65th birthday, Dan revisits an interview he did with the revered chef, author and travel documentarian in Los Angeles 10 months prior to Bourdain's death. Topics discussed include Philly cheesesteaks, Tony's preferred way of drinking Scotch, and the best whisky to drink while listening to Tom Wait…
 
This one’s for anyone who’s ever woken up with a hangover and thought, "What I could really use right now is… another drink!" That’s right, we’re talking about that most morbid of libations, the Corpse Reviver #2, one of the few cases where the sequel is better than the original — it’s like the "Godfather Part 2" or "Wrath of Kahn" of cocktails. In…
 
We celebrate a return to semi-normalcy with a live recording at The Stand Comedy Club in New York City. Dan's special guests include WWD's official East Coast Cohost, actor Colin Donnell, along with comedians Krystyna Hutchinson, Joe Derosa and Justin Silver. What they're drinking are many delicious cocktails made with Ford's Gin, created by The St…
 
We take the show on the road to Dan's hometown of Philadelphia, and sample all sorts of cool stuff including whiskeys made with venison and beavers' anal glands... yum! Dan's drinking buddies are Steven Grasse and Charlie Hall. Food & Wine Magazine dubbed Steven “the punk-rock prince of small-batch spirits.” He has helped create several iconic booz…
 
Dan partakes in Iowa's own Templeton Distillery's new 10 Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey with Iowa-born actor Brandon Routh, aka Superman. Among the topics discussed is Templeton's "Strong Spirited Entrepreneur’s Grant" program, in which three small businesses will be awarded $10k each. Feeling lucky? Give a listen and find out how you can enter. Al…
 
Dan drinks Stellum bourbon and rye whiskey with Patti Murin, star of stage and screen whose Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones (2011) and Princess Anna in Frozen (2018). On the TV, Patti had a recurring role on the NBC medical drama Chicago Med, and starred in the Hallmark Channel film Love on Iceland, alongside her husband, Colin Donnell, w…
 
On the eve of Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Music and Malt, Dan throws back a few drams of his beloved Islay Single Malt Scotch, Bunnahabhain, with Meredith Salenger and Patton Oswalt, hosts of a new podcast called "Did You Get My Text?" In addition to the whisky talk, they cover a range of topics from a-hole politicians to famous dead wri…
 
"An American Winemaker in New Zealand." Dan Dunn wines it up with Dan Brennan, who grew up in South Jersey and wound up becoming a successful winemaker in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Brennan's got an inspiring story, and his wines are really damn good too. Also on the program, U.S. Women's Soccer legend Aly Wagner, who's teaming up with her former tea…
 
In roughly 180 seconds, Dan reveals all there is worth knowing about the Painkiller, a relative of the Piná Colada with an intriguing origin story set in an exotic locale that involves the British Navy, recipe theft, imperialism and one of the world's smallest (and wettest) bars. If you're thinking about skipping this one, remember — no pain, no ga…
 
A good bartender is a host, bouncer, shrink, parent, stand-up comic, and confidante. These people work hard, play harder, and have quite literally seen it all. And, boy, do bartenders tell great stories! On this episode, tippled tales abound, with help from legendary James Beard-winning bartender Dale DeGroff, LA bar star Kiowa Bryan, New York's fi…
 
For the first time in over a year, we recorded an episode on location — back out in the wild, so to speak, the way the Drinking Gods intended. Dan is joined by former "Booze Traveler" Jack Maxwell at Nueva in Venice Beach, where they drink delicious Altos and Avion tequila-based cocktails in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Dan and Jack discuss their …
 
Dan hunkers down for a no-holds-barred chat with the world's most celebrated salvager of sh#tty saloons, "Bar Rescue" host Jon Taffer. Topics include nightmare bar owners, cellphone addicted servers, the demise of mega-clubs, bar fights and the future of the bar biz. Also, Dan rants about other podcasts that are very popular, yet kinda suck. And he…
 
In the time it took James Bond to escape before Goldfinger's laser beam could burn a hole through his short and curlies, Dan spills the beans about author Ian Fleming's second most favorite creation, the Vesper, a beguiling combination of gin, vodka, Lillet and bitters. Once Fleming invented the drink, he named it after the very first Bond girl, th…
 
Dan is joined by the co-founders of Villa One Tequila, Nick Jonas and John Varvatos. The dynamic duo talks about the history of the brand, the preponderance of celebrities in the agave spirits space, and the time Nick almost froze to death with Bear Grylls. Also, a chat with Areli Castro (aka King Mala), a superstar in the making whose debut single…
 
Dan is joined by Maynard James Keenan, vocalist for the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Maynard is also the founder and winemaker at Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, and features prominently in Dan's memoir, "American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man's Blues," which was released five years ago this month. They drink wine, t…
 
Dan throws back Barrell Seagrass Rye Whiskey with actor Harry Lennix, star of NBC's "The Blacklist" and the blockbuster film "The Justice League." Also on the show, Joe Beatrice, founder of Barrell Craft Spirits, the award-winning independent blender and bottler of unique aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum. Learn more about your ad choices…
 
Dan is joined by his longtime friend, former colleague and celebrity crush Jessica Hall, host of the "Flashbacks" podcast and founder of Fetch, an all natural vodka cocktail in a can. Topics include Playboy Mansion parties, Palm Springs pool parties, Hollywood parties and cornhole leagues. Also, we unveil a new feature called the "Shots Game," with…
 
In the time it takes to pack a carry-on for a weekend jaunt, Dan takes you on a journey to the Aviation, a delightful variation on a Gin Sour that is truly one of the great treasures of the cocktail pantheon. It's not the easiest drink to prepare properly, but fear not, our high-flying host promises to pilot you through the process with minimal tur…
 
Firestone Walker has been making great beer on California's Central Coast for a quarter of a century. In celebration of the brewery's Silver anniversary, Dan is joined by co-founder David Walker, who knows more about beer than most... certainly more than Dan, anyway. They geek out about hops and water sources and haziness and all sorts of other coo…
 
It’s Women’s History Month, and on this episode we’ll be celebrating with not one, not two, but THREE amazing women from Zacapa Rum: Master Blender Lorena Vásquez; Global Brand Ambassador Chef Grace Ramirez; and the brand’s resident mixologist Lynnette Marrero. Also, Dan unveils his grand plan for launching a signature booze brand, and info on how …
 
We celebrate St. Patrick's Day Week (it's a thing) with WWD's "Official East Coast Co-Host" actor Colin Donnell ("Chicago Med," "The Affair") and Jonny Egan, Director and Brand Custodian of Egan’s Irish Whiskey. The gents do a deep dive into the history, cultural relevance and cocktail-ability of whiskey made on the Emerald Isle, and Also, Dan answ…
 
Dan is joined by comedian Ryan Long, whose riotously funny videos have garnered over 100 million views. In 2019 Ryan immigrated to America from Toronto, via an 'Extraordinary Alien' green card... as far as we know, he's the first Extraordinary Alien we’ve had on the show this year. Also on the episode, Dewar's North American ambassador Gabe Cardare…
 
Alcohol was originally considered a medicine, Indeed, during Prohibition one of the most reliable places to get your hands on a bottle of liquor was the pharmacy. So with that — and everyone’s general health and well being in mind — we present the Penicillin. With fresh ginger, lemon and a healthy dose of Scotch, this little wonder, invented by Sam…
 
Dan is joined by Eddie Zamora, aka the Yum Yum Foodie, a culinary expert who's extremely passionate about wine. They share reds and whites from two superb producers, Castello di Verrazzano from Tuscany, Italy, and Trimbach from Alsace, France. Also, in a new feature, we blast out booze-fueled scenes from some of Dan's favorite films including "Casa…
 
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